Middle School Mastery

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"Tell me and I'll forget; show me and I may remember; involve me and I'll understand".
 
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This test is similar in content to my other posted Greek Mythology Test on TpT, but this one is for the busy teachers who have access to scantrons or who prefer to use answer sheets. I have included 75 well-written multiple choice questions on the
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This unit test covers the 12 Olympian gods, the Greek Creation Story, unit vocabulary, love myths, myths about pride, and Greek heroes. The last section is an essay question about themes discussed during the unit. This MSWord file is available in a
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This PowerPoint takes about 15 minutes to share with your class via projector and/or SmartBoard. You could also load the file onto your classroom computers and allow students to rotate to them to view the presentation and take notes. The types of
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This assessment is organized by Acts and covers all literary elements and historical information. **Note: The information on the Elizabethan Stage can be found by using the handout posted in my Scholastic unit on "Julius Caesar" which you can find
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This quiz is a cumulative assessment of important words used in Laurence Yep's DRAGONWINGS. The quiz is objective with part one a multiple choice (ABC) cloze activity. Example: The father saved all he could to complete a ____ to give his
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This file is a great way to introduce reading strategies and elements of fiction. As a PowerPoint file, you can show this to your students using a projector and/or SmartBoard. You could also upload the file to your class computers and have students
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If you have chosen to use my posted test on "Julius Caesar," then this is the perfect review for you. Even if you are using your own test for the play, this is a great way to review main elements with your students. The PPT starts off with a
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After teaching the procedure for completing this graphic organizer, it becomes routine for any fiction story or novel we read throughout the entire year. This activity is super for preparing for standardized tests as students can recall the format
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What a great way to review! The students are shown pictures of the Greek Gods and have to name them. The fill in the blank activity to review the Greek Creation Story is included as a warm-up to the presentation, then the kids hit the ground running
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EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO TEACH THIS UNIT IS INCLUDED! While incorporating a teacher-created video, double-entry journals, original student-created parodies and a classic poetry analysis protocol, this unit inspires adolescents to discover the
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Looking for a way to spice up your instruction on research and bibliographies? Want a simple explanation for your students so they don't get overwhelmed by the process before even getting started? Then, this is exactly what you need! The Powerpoint
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This one-page guide provides standardized test prep, short answer questions about the content of the poem, and short answer questions about the writing technique of Emily Dickinson in this poem. Students could complete this activity independently or
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What a great way to encourage three-way communication between students, parents, and teachers! This handout simplifies this process with space for students to write a message to their parents and a space for teachers to write a message to parents.
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I used this handout for a presentation that was delivered years ago, but the material is timely and very helpful for middle school teachers looking for a new way to teach poetry. This presentation was a culmination of my research at the graduate
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This inventory is a file I shared with Scholastic when I was a mentor teacher. This is a neater, one-page version than what's posted online. I'd recommend using this with upper elementary students as it requests complete sentence answers - or at
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Do your students need to practice putting story events in chronological order? This is a great review for the test that I've posted here on TpT, and it is the printable you'll need if you are using the "Julius Caesar Jeopardy" file with your
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

I have taught in SC and TN, in poor schools and affluent schools, public schools and private schools, and even elementary and middle schools. I also lead professional development workshops for colleagues on such topics as differentiated instruction, civic education, authentic assessment, and learning-centered schools. Recently, I spent two years as an administrator at the Board of Education. During this time, I coached teachers on instructional practice and classroom management. I also deployed 200+ cameras throughout our district and led professional development on reflective practice and the value of using cameras in the classroom. I have now returned to the classroom as a Master Teacher, teaching 7th grade honors language arts and reading. I'm working to revise some stellar lessons to incorporate elements of Common Core, especially text-based questions and higher-order thinking components. I am working on putting together some new material to showcase what I've learned in the field thus far.

MY TEACHING STYLE

My preference is to act as a facilitator while students discover the world around them through hands-on experiences, self-reflection, research, or group work. I also believe in integrating different subjects for authentic learning experiences and using social networks and technology integration to challenge students to reach for the next level of mastery.

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

I have been nominated for Teacher of the Year several times, but my greatest honor was being named Teacher Mentor by Scholastic.com in 2004. Many of my units are posted online on the site, but some were posted incompletely. There are lessons in my store which complete the units posted here under the same topics. My new goal is to add pieces to my store that upgrade those older lessons to add elements of Common Core.

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

B.A. - Furman University, 1998 - Elementary Education; M.A. - Cambridge College, 2005 - Adolescent Literacy; National Board Certified Teacher, 2004, 2014 - Early Adolescent English Language Arts; Administrative Certification - Christian Brothers University, 2013

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

I am a creative writer who has mastered the writing of lesson plans. I have compiled more plans than I can post here, but I do take requests. Feel free to email me if you can't find what you're looking for, and I'll do my best to help. If I don't have time to write something, then I will at least point you in the right direction to something that can help you on the web. Thanks!

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